We have previously shown that high levels of oxidized LDL and AGE-LDL in circulating IC are strong predictors of atherosclerosis progression in 518 subjects with type 1 diabetes from the DCCT/EDIC cohort. In this study we investigated whether oxLDL, MDA-LDL and AGE-LDL in circulating IC measured in the same subjects at DCCT baseline were associated with acute CVD events. Three overlapping CVD outcomes were considered: any CVD events, major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACE) and myocardial infarction (MI). Cox proportional hazards models assessed the association between IC biomarker values and the subsequent risk of CVD, using inverse probability weighting to obtain results representative of the full DCCT/EDIC cohort.

Results: Levels of AGE-LDL, oxLDL and MDA-LDL in circulating IC, measured at baseline (Table) were significantly associated with the 3 CVD outcomes in unadjusted models and were minimally attenuated after adjustment for age and mean HbA1c. After adjustments for conventional CVD risk factors, including LDL-Chol, high levels of oxLDL-IC and MDA-LDL-IC remained independently associated with increased subsequent risk of any CVD, and higher oxLDL-IC with increased risk of MACE and MI events.

Conclusions: High levels of oxLDL-IC measured more than one decade prior to the occurrence of CVD events identified patients at high risk, even after adjustment by LDL-C and conventional CVD risk factors.


M.F. Lopes-Virella: None. I. Bebu: None. K.J. Hunt: None. G. Virella: None. N.L. Baker: None. B. Braffett: None. J. Lachin: Board Member; Self; Tolerion, Inc.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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